Big Beach - Beach in Cungulla Townsville QLD - SLS Beachsafe

Big Beach QLD

South of Cape Ferguson is 15 km of sandy shore, ending at the 1 km wide mouth of the Haughton River. The beaches all face east, turning slightly north-east toward the river. A 10 km long road from the highway at Clevedon runs out to the southern end of Big... Read more

South of Cape Ferguson is 15 km of sandy shore, ending at the 1 km wide mouth of the Haughton River. The beaches all face east, turning slightly north-east toward the river. A 10 km long road from the highway at Clevedon runs out to the southern end of Big Beach and Cungulla, both of which have scores of shacks and holiday houses.Big Beach (881) is the biggest of the four at 7.2 km long. It faces north-east and runs from Salmon Creek to the wide mouth of the Haughton River. There is a road out to the houses and shacks at the southern end. The beach is backed by a low, casuarina-covered foredune and fronted by a wide, intertidal beach and 100 m wide surf zone, indicative of the overall low gradients.

Swimming

Swimming is best at mid to high tide when there is some depth in the water, otherwise it can be a long way to very shallow water at low tide. Rips are usually absent, unless strong Trades produce waves greater than 0.5 m. Be careful near the creek and river mouths, where there are strong tidal currents.

Surfing

Only low, spilling breakers on Salmon Creek and Big Beaches, that are best at mid to low tide.

Fishing

The creeks and rivers are the most popular spots, usually fished from a boat at high tide.

General

Four relatively isolated beaches with good access to Big Beach and Cungulla, but no facilities.

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Information

About

Cungulla, QLD 4816

Length:
7.2km

General Beach Hazard Rating:
2/10 (Least hazardous)

Beach Key:
 qld0881

Nearby beaches

Hazards

  • Irukandji
    Irukandji
  • Bluebottles
    Bluebottles
  • Chironex
    Chironex
  • Crocodiles
    Crocodiles
  • High Tide Range
    High Tide Range

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area
  • Boat ramp

Weather

Wednesday 21, Nov 3:55 pm

Day 31°    Night 25°
30.1°C
Partly cloudy

Water Temperature  27°C


Wind


Wind: North to northeasterly about 10 knots increasing to 10 to 15 knots in the middle of the day and reaching up to 20 knots at times inshore during the afternoon.
Swell: East to northeasterly below 1 metre.
Seas: Below 1 metre.
Weather: Partly cloudy.

Tide

7 am
2.80m
1 am
0.44m
7 pm
2.72m
1 pm
0.92m

UV

Index: 14 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 7:50 am to 4:00 pm


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Thursday 22, Nov

Day 32°    Night 25°
Possible late shower

Wind


Wind: Northerly 10 to 15 knots, becoming northeasterly and reaching up to 20 knots at times inshore during the afternoon.
Swell: East to northeasterly below 1 metre.
Seas: Below 1 metre.
Weather: Mostly sunny. The chance of a thunderstorm in the afternoon and evening.

Tide

8 am
2.96m
1 am
0.36m
7 pm
2.68m
2 pm
0.92m

UV

Index: 14 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 7:50 am to 4:00 pm


Weather

Wed 21, Nov to Wed 28, Nov


Wind


Wind: Northwesterly 10 to 15 knots.
Swell: Northeasterly below 1 metre.
Seas: Around 1 metre.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 50% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm in the morning and afternoon.

Tide


UV

Wed 21st 15 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 7:50 am to 4:00 pm
Thu 22nd 14 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 7:50 am to 4:00 pm
Fri 23rd 15 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 7:50 am to 4:00 pm
Sat 24th 14 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 7:50 am to 4:00 pm

SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate.

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